The thought of a three-week quarantine as got everyone frantically looking for something to keep their body’s busy and their minds sane!

How about taking some time to look at those kitchen updates that you’ve been meaning to do but just haven’t got around to! An easy place to start is the lighting, and luckily for you, we’ve got some great tips!

Lighting Purpose

This may seem like a silly question because, of course, the purpose of lighting is to, well- shed light! But we’re talking about lighting purpose in a little bit more depth, looking at WHAT the light is actually illuminating.


Ambient lighting is the light source that helps you to see where you’re going. For ambient lighting to be effective, the lights need to be set evenly along your ceiling so that one area is not more lit than another.

There are a number of different lighting options and combinations that you could use to fulfil this purpose.


Unlike ambient lighting, task lighting is more focused to specific areas in your kitchen.

Commonly placed above work surfaces, task lighting allows you to safely prepare meals and read recipes without having to squint – unless you need spectacles. Unfortunately, no amount of task lighting can help with that!


Accent lighting can be described as the cherry on top of your well-designed kitchen! While it may cross over with ambient and task lighting, its primary purpose is to accentuate your favourite elements in your kitchen.

Make It Happen

Here are a few ways that you could incorporate the different types of lighting in your kitchen.

1. Layers Of Light

No matter the size of your kitchen, there is no one single lighting fixture that can provide you with the correct amount of light needed. Having the main overhead light, surrounded by layers of smaller lights will provide you with the best possible lighting.

2. Get It Done

When properly placed, task lighting makes working in the kitchen that much more pleasant! Ideally, task lighting should be placed between the person’s head and the work surface. This allows for the best lighting during food preparation or recipe reading.

3. Add Depth

Most commonly placed inside cabinets with glass doors, accent lighting can add depth and dimension to your kitchen space. This lighting is usually placed in cabinets holding decorative glassware or your treasured china collection.

4. Shelves

Open shelves in a kitchen are a great spot for strip lighting. Placed at the back of or underneath the shelves, these lights highlight object on the shelves while creating a warm atmosphere throughout your kitchen.

5. Three’s A Party

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could replace your main overhead light with three, identical hanging pendant fixtures. The chosen fixtures can be classic or modern to fit in the overall theme of your kitchen.

Now That You’ve Planned – Prepare To Implement

It is important to remember that white reflects light. This means that if your kitchen is predominately white, you may be able to use bulbs with a lower wattage- and vice versa. If you’re still unsure or would like lighting tips for other areas of you home, please don’t hesitate to call Wayne on 083 934 4775!